Lee’s Summit made the Blue Springs South volleyball team’s conference title hopes a bit tougher.
The Jaguars dropped to 8-2 in the Suburban Big Seven and 21-7 overall with a 25-23, 25-13 loss to the host Tigers Tuesday night.
“It was a disappointing loss for (us) off a big win at Blue Springs,” Jaguars coach Dave MacLean said. “We couldn't gain any momentum or consistency against a Lee's Summit team that was focused in and playing well.”
A win would have clinched a share of the conference title for South. Now the Jaguars must win their final two league matches against Raymore-Peculiar (Oct. 10) and Park Hill (Oct. 12) to guarantee at least a share of the title
Katie Sparks and Hannah LaPour each had five kills and Danielle Moje added four kills and two blocks, and Rylie Gregston tallied 16 assists and seven digs to lead the Jaguars.
The South junior varsity won 2-0 to improve to 22-1 overall and 10-0 in the Big Seven.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 25-25, BLUE SPRINGS 17-21: Blue Springs coach Katie Grusing said she felt like her team made some improvements, but it wasn’t enough in a 25-17, 25-21 Suburban Big Seven loss to the Lee’s Summit West Titans Tuesday.
“We started slow and had to gain some momentum late in set one and felt we played pretty strongly in set two,” Grusing said. “We ran into some sideout issues at 19-19 and couldn't recover.”
Hannah Vanriette and Haley Rothove led the Wildcats (6-13-1, 2-6) with eight kills each.
Caroline Foster led Blue Springs in digs and assists, with nine and 20, respectively.
OAK GROVE 25-20-25, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 19-25-22: After splitting the first two sets, host Oak Grove held off Excelsior Springs in the decisive third for a Missouri River Valley Conference West win Tuesday.
Emily Heldenbrand led the way for the Panthers (16-7, 2-5 MRVC West) with five kills, 44 assists, 16 digs and six service aces. Chloee Tripp posted nine kills, seven digs and two aces, Alyssa Visos added six kills and two solo blocks, Ginny Hayes had six kills and six digs and Jenna Englehard led the defense with 19 digs.